Santbir Singh is a Project Associate with the Sikh Research Institute. An avid student of Sikhi, he has spoken at retreats, conferences, and youth camps for over two decades.
Santbir has been cultivating a deeper relationship with Sabad Guru while focusing on Sikh inspirations for social activism, feminism, and human rights through a critical analysis using different schools of thought and tradition.
Born in Vancouver, he completed his bachelor's degree at McGill and currently lives in Toronto with his two wonderful children, amazing wife, and crazy dog.
Santbir Singh is a Sidak Alumni of 2012 a frequent facilitator at Sidak.
Dr. Jaspreet Kaur and Santbir Singh look into the religious-political historical subtext of Tavarikh-history to better understand the Gurmukh-Guru-oriented. Can just being a spiritualist or an activist be enough?
Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Dip Singh were leaders, scholars, and warriors. They played significant leadership roles in the community post-Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, keeping the Panth united under challenging circumstances. They were master scholars, some of the greatest in Sikh history, and created a scholarly tradition that still resonates in the community to this day. They were great warriors, fully living up to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s standard of the Warrior-Saint. And both sacrificed themselves for the Panth, becoming martyrs whose Shahidi has inspired generations of Sikhs. Watch as we explore the lives and legacy of these two preeminent Khalsa Scholar-Martyrs.
We were once free. Our sovereign institutions were answerable only to the Guru and the Divine. Today the Akal Takht, built by Guru Harigobind Sahib, is under the laws of the Indian state. We are the world's only major faith without our own sovereign institution, the only faith whose central authority is legislated by an outside government. Imagine having our own sovereign institution, open and responsible. Imagine being proud of how the Panth is run? Imagine having a say in how your faith is governed? Imagine a Free Akal Takht. About the Presenters: Santbir Singh is a avid student of Sikh history and philosophy. He has taught and spoken at retreats, conferences and youth camps for well over a decade and a half. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. Amrita Kaur is a Sikh activist interested in issues regarding Sikh sovereignty. She is a medical doctor and currently resides and practices in Hamilton.
Sikhs are very proud of our tradition of gender equality which stems from Guru Granth Sahib ji and the lives of the historical Gurus. The reality of the modern Panth leaves a lot to be desired though, and modern Sikhi is overwhelmingly dominated by male voices and perspectives. As we celebrate the birth of the Khalsa Panth, let us try to answer the following questions: Where are the lost female voices of Sikh history? What do we lose as a community when we silence the female perspective? How is including the feminine perspective important for the entire Panth? Through historical examples and focusing on examples from the Bani of the Gurus and Bhai Gurdas, we'll listen for the female voice in the Khalsa Panth. Let us explore what was gained when Mata Jeet Kaur added the Patase to the Amrit all those years ago.
We all suffer at times, weighed down with personal traumas, disappointments and regrets. According to the Buddhists, the primary truth of all of human existence is suffering. But in Sikhi, while our Guru acknowledges that there is much suffering in life, there is more to life and the universe than mere suffering. No, life is so much more than suffering.
Like many young Sikh-Canadians and Sikh-Americans, I've done the full circuit.I started as a kid at the Punjabi Sunday School, moved on to the day camps run by the gurdwaras during school holidays. Then, in university and after, I started going from the West Coast to the East, attending conferences and retreats.
For many Sikhs today, there is little difference between being Punjabi and being Sikh. But this was not always the case. Sikhi has a rich and vibrant history outside of the Land of the Five Rivers and it is a legacy the Panth is only beginning to take notice of. In fact, four of the five Punj Piarey — the Five ‘Beloved Ones’ of the First Vaisakhi Day — were from outside of Punjab.
We are not strangers to random acts of violence and discrimination. Although mass shootings have become far too common in America in recent years, rarely have these horrific crimes been targeted at one community. Today, that changed. Our beautiful gifts, our kesh and dastars, have become easy targets for the ignorant and angry. Since 9/11 that discrimination has only increased. However, with the exception of the senseless killing of Balbir Singh Sodhi, these attacks have never been so deadly. Now Sikh Americans are left confused and uncertain of how to respond.